We will miss the members each week and hope that you will continue to keep in touch with us through the winter. A huge thank you to all who participated in our end of season cleanup! Volunteers worked throughout the day to clear the fields for winter. The next step is to plant rye which will serve as a cover crop for the winter. Cover crops add organic matter and their root system opens passageways that help the soil absorb water and nutrients. Even small gardens will benefit from the use of cover crops. Read more about cover crops.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sue and Charlie for their help this year. Without them, the program would not have been possible. They worked tirelessly to help us toward our goal of establishing a CSA program for West Windsor and for this we are incredibly grateful. Other thank yous go out to Grace for the delicious zucchini muffins - what a thoughtful surprise! To Frances for volunteering her time and to Tivka for sharing her fresh tomato sauce and recipe at the end of the season. I'd also like to thank Megan at Fulper Farm in Lambertville for sharing some of their dairy products, we look forward to finding a way to offer fresh dairy goods such as butter and yogurt to members in the future.
Meal Planning and Recipes
Ironically, we don't have a lot of time for cooking during the summer so it will be nice to be able to spend a little more time in the kitchen this fall. Recently, we made Stuffed Pepper Casserole with the last of our bell peppers in cold storage and Chicken Stew with Turnips & Mushrooms - a great way to use those wonderful turnips that may still be available at your local farmers market.
If you haven't had a chance to cook your little pie pumpkin yet, plan to roast it this week. Cook it as you would a buttercup squash, top with a little butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy as a nutritious snack or a side!
We served up hot pots of Calico Beans for our Work Day volunteers last weekend and thought we'd share the recipe.
1lb ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
1/2 lb bacon cooked & crumbled (to save time, I buy all natural bacon “bits”)
1 large onion chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. mustard
4 tsp. vinegar
1/3 box brown sugar (If you buy baked beans with brown sugar, you can use even less)
1 (30 oz) can baked beans with liquid
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (drained & rinsed)
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans (drained & rinsed)
1 (10 pkg.) frozen baby lima beans
May your week be bountiful in all ways!